Winter storm warning has created hazardous driving conditions throughout the state, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
In addition, blizzard conditions are expected to develop as winds increase early Thursday morning.
A winter storm warning is currently in effect through Friday afternoon (Dec. 21). Hazardous travel is likely over the next two days across much of the state.
The heavy snow and high winds will result in blizzard conditions and hazardous driving. Driving is expected to be especially treacherous today and could have life threatening impacts.
Motorists may want to cancel or delay travel plans.
Additionally, there is potential for significant travel impacts into Friday, with relatively heavy travel anticipated due to the extended holiday weekend.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises that travelers check winter road conditions before leaving home by calling 511 or visiting Wisconsin 511 online at www.511wi.gov.
If motorists must drive during the storm, WisDOT urges them to be prepared:
• Plan ahead and allow plenty of extra time for travel.
• Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights before driving.
• Go slow. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
• Watch for slippery bridge decks which ice up sooner than pavement.
• Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows.
• Drive alert, sober and leave plenty of room for stopping.
• Dont use cruise control in wintry conditions.
• Always wear seatbelts and keep both hands on the wheel.
• Keep a charged cell phone handy.
• Keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle.
• Inform people (friends, family) of your travel plans and approximate arrival time.
Additional winter driving tips can be found on the WisDOT Web site at www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/motorist/winterdriving/index.htm.